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The administrative Headquartes of the Mission, the residential abode of Divine Mother and the spiritual retreat of the Sadhakas, are all together known as the Shakti Nagar Complex. The Complex was formally inaugurated by the then Governor of Karnataka, Shri Mohanlal Sukhadia on October 14, 1972. Since then, the growth of this institution on all fronts has been phenomenal, and one clearly discerns the Divine Hand of the Presiding Deity of Shakti Nagar constantly at work behind all developmental activities and spiritual disciplines.

The life of a householder does not follow total seclusion, but all the same, a periodical withdrawal into quiet and solitude, is necessary and helpful for quicker progress on the path of sadhana. Of all such influences that intensify the aspiration, the highest is association with the Sadhguru. The place where a God-man lives, is imbued with spiritual vibrations. To imbibe those vibrations, there should be attunement on the part of the Sadhakas through discipline, devotion and meditation.

Shakti Nagar is a place hallowed by Divine Presence. It is already set off by a profusion of nature's beauty. It is full of facilities congenial to sadhana. Situated ideally atop a group of beautiful hills, overlooking the thick surrounding vegetation and green fields and the distant Arabian sea, away from the din and bustle of an industrial city, yet linked with it by a motorable road and communication system, this emerging abode of spirituality invites the devout and the dedicated to the peace of meditation and dynamism of a God-oriented life.

A prospective visitor to Shakti Nagar may like to have an idea of the physical layout of the campus. The extent of the Campus is 14 acres. What was once a barren laterite ridge, is now covered with a colourful variety of plants, fruit-bearing trees, various rose plants and shrubbery. It is a marvel to see this luxuriant growth in what would appear at first sight to be a barren soil. It would seem as if the three and flora thrive in the atmosphere of peace and bliss in Shakti Nagar.

The residential cottages for Sadhakas and other structures have been coming up so fast that the face of Shakti Nagar goes on changing, striking a sense of wonder in the heart of every visitor. As soon as one enters the Campus through the entrance gate, one sees on the left an elegant building which houses the administrative office of the Mission. Then, moving a little further, one sees the Mandir and Prayer Hall called 'Bhagawan Memorial' dedicated to the memory of late Shri Krishna Bhagat reverently called by the devotees as 'Bhagawan', the consort of the Divine Mother. The great and silent life of absolute dedication which Shri Bhagawan lived, his sage-like detachment and childlike faith in Divine Mother, will continue to deliver sermons on higher life from this beautiful shrine of peace. To the left of The Bhagawan Memorial Hall is The Mahaganapathy Temple.

The combined structure of the 'Bhagawan Memorial' and the shrine dedicated to Divine Mother, constitutes the most impressive building. Raised on strong foundation, this massive prayer Hall and the shrine with cantilever slabs and spacious verandahs around and with an imposing dome above, encircled by beautiful, artistically carved figures, was declared open on 14th April 1976. The dedication ceremony of the Mandir with Divine Mother's Vigraha installed therein marks the beginning of a new phase in the glowing growth of our Movement. Built at a cost of nearly Rs. 3-lakhs, this huge prayer hall with a seating capacity of 1200, stands as a monument of faith, love and dedication.

The approach road inside the Campus beginning from the entrance gate branches off into two, one leading to the 'Mahadwara' of the temple and the other to the magnificient Matrunilayam, where Divine Mother and Her illustrious successor, Divine Mother Sree Tara Devi lived.

Passing the entrance gate, as one walks in, one feels at once the caressing waft of holiness. The mind naturally gets lifted into an ethereal region. We learn to adore Divinity without any mental preparation. The sight of Mother's residential abode produces a thrill akin to ecstasy, not an outburst of emotion actually, but a settling down to a contemplative rapture. We feel at once we are full. Littleness and limitations drop off and we are ushered into a rich and rewarding sense of closeness to the Supreme. This promising spiritual retreat is indeed a boon from Divine Mother's bounty of Grace, especially for Her householder disciples and devotees. As the Mother has showered Her grace for materialization of a project like this, Nature too has lavishingly blessed this holy spot with Her scenic beauty. During the sunset hour, it is a breath-taking experience to watch the rapidly changing colours of beauty on the western horizon. The starry heavens shining in ethereal beauty during cloudless nights, luscious vegetation all round, hills and meadows where sounds of men and machines hardly penetrate, the cool rejuvenating breeze blowing throughout day and night, the pure and healthy air hardly available for urban population in this age of science and technology. Thus nature's ever youthful beauty and benevolence has made Shakti Nagar a place eminently conducive to contemplation on the mysteries of man and God.

From this background of Nature's profusion of serenity and charm, the stately Matrunilayam shines resplendent in imperious majesty as a pagoda of peace. With the strong massive granite walls and columns on the ground floor, the spacious inner chambers and halls, the impressive dome built on the designs of southern architecture, massive doors and window, Matrunilayam produces in the mind of any visitor the impression of a temple of Divinity. Matrunilayam, has a large meditation hall on the ground floor where Divine Mother's portrait has been installed for worship within a beautiful silver Mantapa. Even since the inauguration of Shakti Nagar, until Bhagawan Memorial was opened, this prayer hall has been the place where bhajans, worship and meditation were held and where Divine Mother has been granting darshans and delivering discourses. The whole building is set as it were in a rose garden interspersed with Tulsi plants which provide dew fresh flowers for the worship of Divine Mother.

The Bhagawan Memorial Prayer Hall, with the sacred shrine of Devi Ramambika attached to it, holds a silence which belongs to the spiritual order. It has the power to subdue the tumultuous minds. In the calm morning hour, the devotees assemble there for meditation. Within the entire campus, there reigns spiritual serenity accessible to all without effort, provided they open up and listen. The silence which indicates only the absence of sound. There is silence in the forest retreats and in isolated hillocks, but the silence in Shakti Nagar is a spiritual silence which initiates the visiting sadhakas into secrets of meditation. The intense spirituality of Shakti Nagar is to be personally imbibed rather than to be understood through description. This is an abode of peace and power and the presiding deity here, is Shakti Herself, who is the Light and Guide of the institution as well as of all the devotees. Both in the legendary folk songs and in historical records, the place where Shakti Nagar has come up, is called 'Mahakali Padav', the Hill of Mahakali.

Tenements and large dormitories have been constructed through profuse blessings of Divine Mother and voluntary donations from Mother's devotees. The cottages are elegant, modest and comfortable for peaceful living and conducive to contemplative pursuit. A number of devotees of Divine Mother stay permanently in some of these cottages, but a large number of cottages are available for the occupational use of the visiting devotees. The common kitchen and the community dining hall constitute a single structure and this is a spacious and tidy Hall where simple but nutritious and delicious food is hygienically prepared and served. An atmosphere of hermitage prevails in the cottages. The food is looked upon as sacred prasad, and is being served by pure-minded volunteers of the Mission - women and girls.

In addition to the structures mentioned above, there are three self-contained residential buildings, two for lady volunteers and one for male volunteers of the Mission permanently residing in Shakti Nagar. A handicrafts section is functioning in another spacious and beautiful Block. In an ideal place within the campus is situated the library building which is equipped with large collection of books on religion, yoga and other allied subjects.

Another most important structure that has come up in Shakti Nagar is the large, lovely and well-equipped Hospital.

A day in Shakti Nagar is an elevating experience. Shakti Nagar, no doubt, is not an Ashram, in the popular sense of the term. Nevertheless, Divine Mother has enjoined upon the inmates the life of 'Sadhaka Vritti'. A simple mode of living, turned to the highest purpose, constitutes Tapas here. There are set timings for prayer, worship, meditation, etc., in addition to freedom for pursuing one's devotional exercises in the place of residence. The day commences with early morning hymns in praise of Devi. Every morning, as the inmates walk from their cottages to the Mandir, there comes upon them a renewed joy of pilgrimage. The morning calm is so gripping that speech appears to be jarring to ears. The weather is refreshingly cool and salubrious all round the year.

Meditation follows Suprabhatam and Arathi. Mother's invisible presence and visible glory are indistinguishable. In the huge meditation Hall, where Divine Mother has delivered a number of Her great discourses for years, there is subtle presence of the Divine which is constantly felt. Mother's words and silence are both forces might in their operation. They discipline, inspire, elevate and purify the approaching minds. Their subtle vibrations are still in the atmosphere.

The prayer Hall is associated with numerous leelas and unforgettable Sunday Darshans of Divine Mother. Even now, the devotees visualize, their Deity majestically seated on the beautifully decked sofa, in a cross-legged Yoga posture, radiantly smiling in a gesture of blessing for all or serenely absorbed in dhyana or samadhi. How can one describe that smile! Whether one closes his eyes to think of Mother's presence within or opens his eyes to gaze upon Her visible Archa glory in the Shrine, meditation is the state that ensures - meditation in the sense that Mother alone dominates his imagination.

Sunday has been the day of grand weekly festival, both during Divine Mother's time and even now, this tradition is being maintained.

Among the guiding rules of Shakti Nagar is the injunction not to pollute the sanctity of this abode by gossip, worldly talks or unwanted discussions. What is stressed is cultivation of silence and disciplined conduct. In the Prayer Halls and Dining Halls, silence is to be observed strictly. Silence has become almost habitual for the inmates through practice. It is impressive when sometimes hundred to hundred and fifty people pour into the Dining Hall in response to the meal time siren, sit down quietly and after an invocatory hymn, finish their meal in silence and leave as quietly as they came.

Here is an institution grounded in spirituality, an ever-expanding 'Gurukula' of a unique type, that creates a new society of illumined souls, an abode of holiness which points the way to peace for the weary travelers in samsara. Here is also a master, whose presence is a benediction, whose word is a scripture, whose life is a beacon light to the world, whose ambrosial love and compassion for humanity reveals the Eternal Motherhood of God.

 
 
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